Kagan Named Women's Soccer Assistant Coach
Matt Kagan joins the LMU women's soccer coaching staff, Head Coach Michelle Myers announced Wednesday.
April 23, 2014
"We are very excited to have Matt join our program here at LMU," said Myers. "In talking to Matt and several other colleagues that know him, I knew he would be a perfect fit for our ideals as a program, department and university. He is a big believer in helping athletes develop not only on the soccer field but also in the classroom and in their daily lives as young people.
"He is known for his work ethic as a recruiter and is well respected by coaches at various levels and areas of the game," Myers added. "Matt will be assisting in all facets of the program and I look forward to adding his coaching expertise and energy to our staff."
Kagan comes to LMU from Providence College where he served as an assistant coach for the 2013 season. He took over interim head coaching duties in January of 2014 until accepting the position with the Lions. At Providence, Kagan helped compose a recruiting class that ranked #20 in the nation by AllWhiteKit.com. He also oversaw the academics for a Friars' side that earned a 2013 NSCAA Team Academic Award with a GPA of 3.25.
Kagan spent two seasons at the University of Miami as an assistant coach where he recruited a pair of top 20 ranked recruiting classes. The Hurricanes finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 9-7-2 and qualified for the ACC Tournament for the first time in five years. In addition, Miami reached the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Prior to his stint at Miami, Kagan spent three seasons serving as an assistant coach for the University of Evansville women's soccer team. Known for his recruiting, Kagan recruited Canadian National Team Captain Vanessa Legault-Cordisco to the Purple Aces in 2010. Legault-Cordisco was the first national team player to sign with Evansville.
Prior to Evansville, Kagan directed Worcester State to three-consecutive Division III NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach, and an overall record of 45-15-3 from 2005 through 2007.
In 2007, he led the Lancers to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and a final national ranking of No. 21 in the NSCAA poll. While at Worcester, Kagan helped develop 19 all-conference players, including a 2007 D3Kicks.com All-American. He was also chosen as the 2005 Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Coach of the Year.
Kagan is a 2003 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where his team advanced the NCAA Tournament Championship Game and was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team in 2002. He spent one season as assistant coach at Assumption College before taking over the Worcester State program in 2005.